Book Review: Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane

Once Upon A Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane

A River Ranch Novel, Book 3

St. Martin’s Press (October 29, 2019)

Contemporary Romance/Western



Billionaires, cowboys, and romance collide during the holidays in this next book in the River Ranch series! 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.
Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family—and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?
Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business—and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .






Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is a second chance at love romance.  There are a lot of ups and downs for Cody and Lexi’s relationship as old hurts take time to heal. Cody has to rediscover his love for Lexi, his family and his home. He’s a nice guy deep down but he’s also clueless, lost, and a bit broken which came across as unfeeling. Lexi is still in love with Cody but has old hurts that need to be acknowledged and moved on from. I didn’t really connect to this couple and they were not my favorites of this series, but I was still rooting for them to find love again.  I did enjoy the premise of the story (workaholic businessman who turned his back on everything and everyone and ran away comes back to his roots and realizes where he belongs) the setting, and the Texas ranching family dynamics. Well written and I’m eager to read the 4th siblings’ book.

Read and Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (August 21, 2019)

ARC provided by St. Martin’s Publishing via Netgalley




SorayaAs a child, Soraya Lane dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come. Some of her other titles include All Night with the Cowboy, Cowboy Stole My Heart, The Devil Wears Spurs, and I Knew You Were Trouble.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.



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